During his eight-decade career, Bob Hope was the only performer to achieve top-rated success in every form of mass entertainment: Vaudeville, Broadway, movies, radio, television, popular song and personal appearances. American Masters explores the entertainer's life with unprecedented access to his personal archives and clips from his classic films.
The New-York Historical Society celebrates the golden age of comedy with So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II, on view through September 5, 2021. The special exhibition highlights the legendary performer and his unique role during World War II entertaining troops overseas and it features artifacts, films, and rare photographs to illustrate how Hope helped lift spirits both abroad and on the home front with his USO and radio shows during a dark time in American history.
A companion exhibition, The Gift of Laughter, delves into Hope’s varied career after World War II as a USO entertainer, television star, and Academy Award host demonstrating the many hats worn by comedians influenced by Hope from the forward-looking modern post-war era and beyond.